The Baha’i Faith is a world religion made up of people from various nations, races, and spiritual backgrounds. It was founded in the mid-1800s by Baha’u’llah, whom Baha’is believe was a messenger of God for this era of human history, and who reflected the same divine essence as other messengers before him including Abraham, Moses, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Baha’u’llah once said of his own message: “This is the changeless faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future.”
There are three basic spiritual principles that are at the center of the Baha’i Faith. The first is that although we human beings call God by different names and pray to him in different ways, there is only one God. The second is that all the world’s religions are reflections of that same God, and that many of these religions have been brought by holy messengers who fundamentally revealed the same divine truth. The third is that the human race is a single family, no matter what race, nation, gender, or creed that we belong to.
Baha’u’llah tells us that the purpose of our lives on earth is to know and to love God. For Baha’is, praying is one way to do this. But equally important is to express one’s love for God through deeds. To work towards serving other members of the human family is “the highest form of worship”, according to Baha’i teachings. Baha’is believe that simply by purifying our own hearts and serving others, we can transform our world into one that is peaceful, unified, and just.
If you’d like to learn more about the Baha’i Faith, here are some useful sites:
Baha’i Topics: Answers to lots of different questions about the Baha’i Faith
www.bahai.us: The official website of the US Baha’i community
Baha’i Reference Library: Read the Baha’i holy writings online